Miss Moto

The act of ‘Hooping the Hoop’ was performed on the Tivoli Stage in July 1903 by Miss Moto. It involved a 60ft inclined track leading to a hoop 63ft in circumference. The motorcar was released at the top of the incline through a trap door and after completing the manoeuvre the car was caught in a net at the end of the track. During the first house on the Tuesday night, the car hit a guide rail, causing it to lose momentum and crash through the hoop. Miss Moto, miraculously survived with only a few abrasions but the car and hoop were severely damaged. Audiences flooded to the Tivoli during the rest of the week to see if she would make it round each performance.